Keep a close eye out for this one.
Working for the CIA as an intelligence agent, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is mapping out missions to field agent, Bradley Fine (Jude Law), assisting him in his job. However, Fine is assassinated, leaving Susan to go undercover to bring down Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne), before a nuclear weapon trade to the highest bidding terrorist takes place.
What I liked most about Spy is that is wasn’t a cheap comedy or a spoof. It is clear that money has been invested into the film in order to make it feel real. I also liked how fresh and creative the humour was. In fact, we need more films like this, so people can realise you can go against society, in terms of what you ‘should’ or ‘shouldn’t’ do/be. The action scenes are choreographed effortlessly, especially a fight scene crafted in a kitchen…(I will restrain from saying more due to spoilers). The only fault I could pick was that there was too much language, which was unnecessary, as the majority of the jokes didn’t even need to rely on it.
The casting for this film was simply brilliant – just as I thought that Melissa McCarthy was becoming the new Adam Sandler of the movies, oh boy was I wrong to ever underestimate her. Spy has undoubtedly given her a chance to shine, with a range of humourous disguises. McCarthy is very charming, lovable and can evidently kick ass. Jason Statham does a hilarious job playing Rick Ford, a spy working for the CIA who thinks he’s mightily intense. How he has been out of the comedy genre for this long baffles me. Jude Law is entertaining as Bradley Fine, one of the CIA’s most popular agents. Usually taking on the role of much more serious characters, it was good to see him play a narcissistic spy who isn’t quite the main focus of the film. Rose Byrne executes her role as the big-haired brattish villain. Miranda Hart does a brilliant job, evoking a lot of laughs throughout. Alison Janney’s ‘no-nonsense’ portrayal provides some of the most honest laughs in the film. This was most definitely an ensemble effort, where the film depended on each cast member to deliver the humour collectively.
Equally as great as Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spy is a surprisingly entertaining film. The perfect mixture of comedy and action, tying in a slice of social commentary without being too in-your-face. From Start to finish, I assure you, this one will keep your attention.